Plenty to see, do in New York
There’s no question that New York City is a delight when the weather’s balmy.
But because tourism drops off after the Christmas holidays, January and February are great months to find bargain accommodations and flights to the city.
Various airlines fly direct to New York from Toronto, and websites like Expedia.ca and Travelocity.ca can help you find inexpensive packages that feature hotels for every whim and budget.
Once you arrive you’ll be delighted to see the crowds are thinner, yet there’s just as much to do and see. Post-holiday sales at department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s are also plentiful, and tickets to Broadway shows are easier to come by than at any other time of the year (www.broadway.com).
Even routine, touristy activities are just as much fun in the winter.
The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has been taken down, but you can still skate at the centre’s outdoor rink until mid-April. Visit www.rapatina.com/iceRinkfor information on fees, skate rentals and hours. There are lots of other, larger rinks to choose from as well, including some in Central Park. Go to?wirednewyork.com/guide/skating/ for a list.
A trip up the Empire State Building might seem like an insane thing to do when the mercury drops, but it’s a blast at night on a clear winter’s evening as long as you’re bundled up. The lineups are considerably shorter, too, after 10 p.m., and the view is stunning. You can order tickets online (www.esbnyc.com/tickets) so you can breeze through at least part of the lineup.
Bundle up if you decide to book a ferry trip from the Battery Park terminal out to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty. Reserve online at www.statuecruises.com.
If haute cuisine is your thing, late January is a great time to book your trip thanks to New York’s beloved Restaurant Week. Running this year from Jan. 21 to 25 and from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, some of the city’s best restaurants offer three-course lunches and dinners for a fraction of the price. For a list of restaurants participating and to make online reservations, go to www.nycvisit.com/restaurantweek/.
No trip to the city would be complete without a slice of world-famous New York pizza, and Bleecker Street Pizza in the West Village offers truly sublime pies that start at just $2 US a slice. The neighbourhood landmark has been named the best pizzeria in the city by the Food Network and the New York Post, quite an accomplishment in a town famous for perhaps the best pizza outside of Italy.
There are also oodles of famous museums, including the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and the Museum Of Modern Art.
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